Oregon and Long have mutual interest

Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola athlete David Long Jr. discusses how Oregon entered the picture in regards to his recruitment and what an offer from them would mean for him.

Explosive, quick, good hands, aggressive, athletic.

These are all traits you could use to describe 6-foot, 175-pound 2016 Loyola athlete David Long Jr.. Long made a difference at wide receiver and cornerback for the Cubs during the 2014 season and he has already amassed double-digit offers from programs around the country.

Oregon has been showing an interest in Long for a few months. Back in the spring, defensive coordinator Don Pellum evaluated the then-sophomore and around the start of this season wide receivers coach Matt Lubick established contact with the three-star prospect.

“Right now it’s been pretty steady and casual,” Long said of his contact with Oregon. “Nothing too serious. I’m kinda waiting to see around the offseason because this is around the time they evaluate.”

Seven of Long’s offers are from the Pac-12 alone. Should an offer from Oregon materialize, Long discussed what it would mean for him.

“Oregon would definitely be a really, really big offer for me,” he said. “Growing up watching them and being a big fan of Oregon, it would mean a lot to me and I’d definitely take some interest and definitely look into it.”

Long has watched the Ducks’ football program rise throughout his childhood and they certainly stood out to him. He grew up a fan of former running back LeGarrette Blount and cited the recent Rose Bowl runs and flashy apparel as things that stood out about the program.

Of course, being a citizen of Los Angeles, there’s always the USC/UCLA factor. An offer from both would carry a lot of weight with Long, and while the Bruins have already extended theirs, he hopes one from USC is on the way.

“I’m a bit more connected with the program as far as guys going there,” Long said of USC. “A lot of the Pasadena guys go there and it’s just a program that I’ve watched growing up from the Reggie Bush era and things like that. Definitely those offers mean a lot because they’re close schools and they’re big time names and now UCLA is emerging as one of the bigger schools in the Pac-12.”

Having already visited Washington a month ago, Long is looking ahead to the U.S. Army-All American Combine next month in San Antonio (Tex.). He may take some unofficial visits during the spring, but nothing has been scheduled. Right now, he said he’s trying to keep his options open as his recruitment begins to pick up steam.

“I’m just very interested in any school that wants to recruit me,” he said. “I’m very grateful for them taking the time out and recruiting me so I don’t have any hopes for offers. I just really want a school that wants me.”

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